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Talkeetna man Brian Bonanza passes away

ObituariesOn 09/18/2017, at approximately 1:47 pm, Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence in the area of Yancey Drive, in Talkeetna, for a report of a deceased person. Investigation revealed Brian Bonanza, age 71, of Talkeetna, had passed away due to natural causes. The State Medical Examiner’s Office was notified and no foul play is suspected. The next of kin was notified and the body was turned over to Janssen Funeral Homes for final services.

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Cowboy Walter Gooch passes away

ObituariesMid-Valley Senior Center resident Walter Gooch passes away...
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Houston Resident Joann McMahill passes away

ObituariesOn 5-1-16 at about 0630 am, Alaska State Troopers along with Mat-Su Borough EMS and Houston Fire Department responded to an address in Houston for a report of a female who was unresponsive. Attempts were made to revive her, but they were unsuccessful. Investigation revealed 59 year old Houston resident Joann McMahill had died of natural causes. Next of Kin was on scene and notified. The State Medical Examiners office responded for an on scene investigation. Nothing suspicious was observed and no foul play is suspected.
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Tribute to Big Lake Resident Rod Smith

ObituariesRod was a true Alaskan, homesteading out on Burma Road. He had raised some prized hounds, was an avid gardener, and had a colourful, cheerful and interesting life. He reminded me of Roy Underhill with a fashion consultant from Willie Nelson.

There will be a celebration of life on Saturday 23 January at 2 pm at the Big Lake Family Restaurant.

You will be missed.
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Legacy of Alaska icon Roberta Sheldon extended far beyond aviation

ObituariesFrom alaskadispatch.com: "Roberta Bille Reeve Sheldon lived a life that spanned both the globe and significant periods of Alaska's history as a territory and then a state, but had perhaps its most profound impact in the community she made her home for five decades.

“I feel as if I’ve just come home,” she told her mother the first day she stepped foot in Talkeetna. That feeling stayed with her for 50 years, until her death last week at home in that tight-knit Alaska community about 115 miles north of Anchorage."

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Martin J. Hanna

ObituariesOn 04/10/2014 at approximately 5:05 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of an expected home death at a residence located on Bluff View Drive in Wasilla. Investigation revealed Martin J. Hanna, age 85, of Wasilla died of natural causes. Next of kin was on scene and Comfort One paperwork was on file.